California Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
The Hawthorne Gallery houses the expressive artwork of the hugely successful and multi-talented Hawthorne family, as well as the work of selected outstanding artists across the country. Gregory Hawthorne came to Big Sur with his family in 1982. Along with his wife Susan Hawthorne and his assistant Michael Breen, Gregory realized a long-cherished dream with the opening of the Gallery in May of 1995. The Gallery's architecture alone is worth writing home about: very organic, it blends with and compliments the natural terrain, and offers a stunning view of the dramatic cliff outside it's floor-to-ceiling window. The building's distinctive design is the result of a collaboration with famed Post Ranch Inn architect Mickey Muennig. Visiting the gallery is an experience for the senses and in dimensionality, with displays hanging from the ceiling, protruding from the walls, and begging to be reached out and touched (though of course that's not allowed). The grounds also include a lovely sculpture garden.